Rafael Nadal aims to extend his unbeaten record over Frances Tiafoe when the pair collide in the fourth round of the 2022 US Open on Monday. Our champ holds a 2-0 edge over the American, though they haven’t faced each other since 2019.
Date: September 5, 2022
Match time: Around 2 PM EDT – New York, Montreal / 7 PM BST – United Kingdom / 8 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 4 AM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa on playing Frances:
“Second week against a great player like Frances, I need to be ready to play and to raise my level. I hope to be able to make that happen. I know it’s the right moment to make an improvement if I want to keep having chances to keep going on the tournament.”
Frances on Rafa:
“I’m defnitely a different player from 2019, playing much better. Match his intensity from the first point to the last. You can’t really have any dips. He takes advantage of it. How good his forehand is, right? Once he gets ahold of his forehand, it’s tough to get him out of that pattern. I’m just going to have to be really aggressive and try to make him play to me, not me play to him.”
Rafa is so far a perfect 22-0 in Grand Slam play this season with titles at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, his lone setback a semifinal pull-out at Wimbledon due to an abdominal tear, an injury that cost him a shot at the Grand Slam.
Our champ seeks his fifth US Open title, which would bring him level with Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras for the most in the Open Era.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!